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Upcoming Summer Library Hours

Please note upcoming Summer Hours at the Morse Institute LibraryAfter this past winter, it’s a pleasure to finally be thinking about summer! Please note that our summer schedule will start on Tuesday, May 26:

  • Monday – Thursday: 10am-9pm
  • Friday: 10am-5pm
  • Saturday: 10am-2pm
  • Sunday: Closed

In addition, we will be closed for Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day weekends:

  • Memorial Day: Closed Saturday, May 23; Sunday, May 24; and Monday May 25
  • Independence Day: Closed Friday, July 3; Saturday, July 4; and Sunday, July 5
  • Labor Day: Closed Saturday, September 5; Sunday, September 6; and Monday, September 7

We hope you have plenty of great things lined up for the warmer weather. And remember you can take the Morse Institute anywhere with our digital catalog – get your mobile device loaded up with library ebooks and hit the beach! For help using ebooks on your device just visit our Reference Desk on the 2nd floor or email to schedule an appointment with one of our librarians.

Artists & Exhibits: May 2015

Marathon Daffodils on display at the Morse Institute in May 2015Marathon Daffodils

Lebowitz Meeting Hall, Lower Level

Daffodil works created by students of Bennett-Hemenway Elementary school and community members will be on display in support of Marathon Daffodils, a collaboration of nonprofits, gardeners, cities and towns, and local businesses interested in preserving the spirit of the marathon and Boston Strong.

Main Coast by Merrilee Torres, on display at the Morse Institute through May 2015Merrilee Torres, Acrylics

Left Gallery, First Floor

Natick resident, Merrilee Torres, has studied regularly at the Danforth Museum School of Art since her retirement. Her favorite medium is acrylics. She also makes jewelry.

Angst by Derrick Sanderson, on display at the Morse Institute through May 2015Derrick Sanderson: Acrylics

Right Gallery, First Floor

Sanderson is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, residing now in Natick. His painting incorporates his love of detail and fascination with abstracts. The vivid color and shapes he utilizes, Sanderson says, “speak to the inner, child-like soul in us all.”

Nick Bliss photography on display at the Morse Institute Library, May 2015Nick Bliss: Photography

Virtual Gallery, First Floor

Primarily shooting cars and architectures, Bliss also has a passion for the natural world and using Photoshop to manipulate imagery to appear as he sees it.

Vines by the Sound & Spirit Choir. Now on display at the Morse Institute LibrarySound & Spirit Choir: Vines, Upcycled Materials

Atrium Stairwell

The Sound & Spirit Choir of Natick created the installation “Vines” using upcycled materials to represent their collective inter-generational commitment to preserving our beautiful planet.

Artists and Exhibits April 2015

BoBo the Cat and Maine Coast by Merrilee Torres

BoBo the Cat and Maine Coast by Merrilee Torres

Merrilee Torres: Acrylics

Left Gallery, first floor

Natick resident, Merrilee Torres, has studied regularly at the Danforth Museum School of Art since her retirement.  Her favorite medium is acrylics and her favorite subjects are animals, but she also paints flowers, seascapes, landscapes, in impressionist or occasionally abstract styles. She also makes jewelry.

The Unorthodox Mind of a Cat and Angst by Derrick Sanderson

The Unorthodox Mind of a Cat and Angst by Derrick Sanderson

Derrick Sanderson: Acrylics

Right Gallery, first floor

Sanderson is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, residing now in Natick. Always creative and intrigued by the arts, he attended the Art Advertising Academy of Cincinnati.  His painting incorporates his love of detail and fascination with abstracts. The vivid color and shapes he utilizes “speak to the inner, child-like soul in us all.”

Jay Ball: Photography

Virtual Gallery, first floor

Vines by the Sound & Spirit Choir. Now on display at the Morse Institute Library

“Vines” by the Sound & Spirit Choir

Vines by The Sound & Spirit Choir: Upcycled materials

first floor

In 2014 the Sound & Spirit Choir presented “Songs for the Earth,” a spring concert inspired by their mission to bring greater awareness to preserving our planet for future generations. Their “Vines” installation grew from this was created by many hands using upcycled materials to represent our collective inter-generational commitment to preserving our beautiful planet.

Celebrate National Poetry Month!

April is National Poetry Month! Celebrate all month long with the Morse Institute LibraryApril is National Poetry Month and we’re looking forward to celebrating a month of verse at the Morse Institute Library!

All month long we’ll be hosting a virtual poetry reading on our YouTube Channel featuring library staff members sharing some of their favorite poems, and local poets reading their own original works, including Andrew Green, Raffael de Gruttola, Dianne Silvestri, Carla Schwartz and more!

Check it out on our YouTube Channel!

The library will also be hosting a variety of poetry events in April for all ages. There are opportunities to attend poetry performances and for families to craft the art of the poet. You could even write and perform your own works on the stage at TCAN! For more info about any of these programs please call us at 508-647-6520.

No upcoming events.

Tax Forms at the Library


Everybody’s doing it, Doing what? Paying taxes, of course! – photo ca. 1920 by Underwood & Underwood (Library of Congress)

Benjamin Franklin famously said that “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Unfortunately this certainty doesn’t extend to the availability of tax forms at the library. While many of you have been coming to the library to get copies of federal and state tax forms, there have been recent changes to the supply of forms that we will get this tax season.

Federal Tax Forms

UPDATE 2/26/15: We have received the Federal 1040 and 1040A forms. These are available at our Reference Desk on the second floor. We expect to get a shipment of the 1040EZ forms soon.

Unfortunately we will not be receiving any additional schedules or the instruction booklets. This is because the “IRS appropriations were significantly cut in the 2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill recently passed by Congress.” (IRS TFOP Alert Message 6, 1/9/2015).

You can request to have tax forms mailed to you by visiting or by calling 1-800-829-3676. You can also download and print forms from the IRS website by visiting Forms can be printed at the library for $0.15 per page.

State Tax Forms

You can pick up your copy of the Massachusetts state income tax form (resident or non-resident) at our Reference Desk on the second floor. You can also request to have state tax forms mailed to you by calling 1-800-392-6089, or download and print forms from the Department of Revenue website by visiting Forms can be printed at the library for $0.15 per page.

Need additional help?

Tax preparation assistance will be available at the  Natick Community-Senior Center. Call them at 508-647-6540 to schedule an appointment with the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. This program offers free, individualized tax preparation for low-to moderate-income taxpayers – especially those 60 and older.

If there is anything we can do to help please let us know! Stop by the Reference Desk on the second floor, call us at 508-647-6521, or email . Thanks so much for your understanding as we cope with these changes.

Knitting Community with the MIL Stitchers

The MIL Stitchers, our service oriented knitting and crocheting group, has been hard at work in January! The new year of giving has begun with newborn and preemie hats for babies at the Newton Wellesley Hospital. So far the MIL Stitchers have made 47 hats for donation – and they’re still going!

The group will also be delivering 51 scarves to the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center to be given to survivors.  The BARRC offers free, confidential services to survivors, their friends and families, and professionals ages 12 and older.  For more information go to

At the most recent group meeting, the MIL Stitchers learned the Magic Loop knitting technique. Magic Loop is a great alternative to using double pointed needles for doing small diameter circular knitting. It’s ideal for knitting socks. Want to learn more? You’re welcome to come to our next meeting on Saturday, March 7 at 11am in the Morse Room, on the first floor of the library! Join our great group of civic-minded stitchers as we make our community a better place one knit and purl at a time.


Thanks for making #timetoread with us!

The Morse Institute Library held our very first reading party on January 24 to celebrate National Readathon Day! From 12-4pm we invited readers out to the Morse Room to spend time reading with us, share a slice of cake, and enter for a chance to win a 2014 National Book Award winning book. We had a great time, and caught a lot of people spending time reading with us that afternoon!

Check out the gallery of pictures from the event:

Thanks so much to all those that braved the snow to make #timetoread with us. We’re looking forward to the second annual National Readathon Day!

Calling all Bakers!

Help the Friends by baking for our upcoming book and bake sale!Enjoy baking? The Friends book and music sale needs you! Consider making some goodies for the bake sale and be part of our mission to support the Morse Institute Library.

What do you want to make? We need cookies, muffins, cakes, brownies, pies, breads, jams, and jellies – just bring your items to Study Room 1A at the Morse Institute Library on Friday, January 23 between 10 am – 5 pm.

There are plenty of other ways to help out too! Here are some other ways to join in:

  • Contribute muscle power on Thursday, Jan. 22, from 3 – 7 p.m. to help move boxes into the sale room and set up the sale.
  • Sign on as a helper during the sale itself: sign up for however long you can help on Saturday, Jan. 24, 9:30 am – 4 pm, or Sunday, Jan. 25 noon – 3 pm
  •  Help us pack up the sale on Sunday, Jan. 25, from 3 – 5 pm.

Please join us! For more info or to sign up, just email Maria at and thank you!

Farewell to the Autism Alliance of Metrowest

IMG_7418Today Autism Alliance of MetroWest said goodbye and thank you to the Morse Institute Library for providing office space for the past 16 years. The Alliance’s new address will be 1881 Worcester Road [map].

Founded in 1993 and moving into the library in 1998, the Autism Alliance endeavors to provide families in the MetroWest area with information, education and support. They plan and implement programs and events that will aid these families while increasing public awareness regarding autism.


We wish the Alliance best of luck in their new location!